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Louis Riel

Louis Riel: heinous rebel or martyred leader in the quest for Canadian independence?

At the time, the Hudsons Bay company, with monopoly rights granted by England, and roots in the North West Company, controlled much of Canada (“Ruperts Land”) and was almost a law unto itself. Riel led the Métis people who lived in the huge area controlled by the company, and whose rights were ignored by the company.

Riel is portrayed as a rebel in most published material, but the times are changing and more people are inclined to see him in a good light. For interest, look in Canadiana’s heritage collection. He is mentioned in hundreds of pages in this vast collection, and here are just a few:

You can browse in the vicinity of these pages.

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